Winner: The Kitschies - Red Tentacle novel award 2013 ´´Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you.´´ Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Ozeki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000115/bk_cnon_000115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What characteristics and values define a country? Which countries are particularly successful in terms of education, economics, or culture? In this book, Monocle provides a global perspective on the distinct qualities of nations. Monocle´s books with Gestalten have shown you how to build a better life, business, and home. But now Monocle raises the bar: how do you run a great country? They are not talking about might, muscle, or nationalism-although you need a bit of a swagger every now and then. They are talking about a country that feels like a cohesive community, knows what to value, and goes out into the world to gently get its way with soft power, fine ambassadors, and compelling cultural offerings. At home, this country celebrates good education, well-made institutions, and its own people and their skills. How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide is a thought-provoking primer that informs and inspires. The best ideas don´t need to be invented-they need to be found and copied. Let Monocle be your guide. Based in London and acclaimed the world over, MONOCLE has delivered a unique briefing on global affairs, business, culture, and design since it was founded by Tyler Brûlé in 2007. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafes in Tokyo and London.
Super Cheap Japan is the ultimate budget travel guide to Japan, full of the most useful, up-to-date information for a cheap holiday in Japan. With extensive tax-free shopping, crazily discounted train passes and an unbelievable exchange rate, there has never been a better time to visit. Unlike other guides, this book shows you exactly how, where and when you can save money. Go shopping for $4 clothes in Tokyo, enjoy inexpensive hikes in Nikko, or visit Kyoto´s beautiful shrines and gardens on the cheap; all with this super helpful guide. Inside the Super Cheap Japan guide book: Budget food - eat for only a few dollars with comprehensive listings of low-cost restaurants, takeouts, supermarkets and more Budget shopping - 100 yen ($1) shops, free sample hotspots, tax-free shopping, discount passes and coupons Color maps for budget travelers, making it super easy to get around Highlights and itineraries based on discount train or bus passes, so you can keep your wallet happy while still having an amazing holiday Train and bus passes - local, regional and national passes, and info on how to use them for additional savings at tourist hotspots Hidden treasures - walking and cycling routes to cut down on train fares, cheap side trips and free alternatives to crowded, overpriced spots Essential help for budget travelers - expert travel tips, free tours, simple to understand directions, translations for places that don´t have English support Cheap accommodation - the best and cheapest capsule hotels, net cafes, overnight spas, hostels, campsites and more Guides to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Mt Fuji, Miyajima, Himeji Castle, Kobe, Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone, Kansai, Kanto, as well as great off-the-beaten-track places nearby This book is perfect for backpackers, budget travelers, families on a tight budget, students and those who are new to Japan. Get the most out of this amazing country, without burning a hole in your wallet! Reviews ´´In Super Cheap Japan the author fulfils his mission to keep Japan both affordable and authentically enjoyable for tourists. There is a good balance between an overview of the usual tourist spots and quirkier recommendations that allows travellers to maximise their enjoyment of a singular country while minimising their budget.´´ - Japan Visitor ´´Lots of great tips and tricks for saving money on your Japan visit! The book covers many areas in great detail, and it is certainly a very useful book for anybody planning a trip to Japan´´ - Abby Denson, author of the bestselling Cool Japan Guide ´´Want to travel to Japan but on a budget? Then check out Super Cheap Japan for great money saving ideas´´ - Doki Doki ´´A must have book if you are traveling to Japan, it has all the essential information that you might need´´ - Hector Garciao, author of the bestselling A Geek in Japan
What power awaits those who collect the three Runestones of Tritinakh? With Kodai and the Shinigami tracking their every move, the best guild this side of Porthos takes the ultimate quest, pitting them against shamans, ice goddesses, stinky giants, and dangerous bugbears. In real world Tokyo, FeeTwix and Sophia arrive to join Ryuk in uncovering the truth of his hallucinations. What they discover is something is a game changer, to say the least. Even with the discovery, and the possibility of obtaining the Runestones, the Mitherfickers will still need help in defeating the Shinigami. It´s time to call in some old friends, and bring a legendary gamer out of retirement. The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: Jeff Hays - Narration Annie Ellicott - Gadsaa Shane, Sugar Spur, Skadi, Cafe Maid Griffin Malnar - Proofing and Editing Justin Thomas James - Production, Editing, Mastering, Sound Design 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114344/bk_acx0_114344_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.